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Visual Economies of/in Motion

Sport and Film


Richard C. King and David J. Leonard

Sport films have been central to American cinema, playing an increasingly important role in the communication of a commonsense understanding of race, gender, class, history, and social relations. Oddly, scholars have neglected sport films and their significance. Offering a comparative, theoretically grounded, and interdisciplinary approach, Visual Economies of/in Motion marks a novel and important point of departure in sport studies and cultural studies. It brings together a dozen essays on feature films and documentaries to probe the articulation of ideologies and identities, play and power, and sporting worlds and social fields.
Contents: David J. Leonard/C. Richard King: Screening the Social: An Introduction to Sport Cinema – W.R. Marshall/Julio Rodriguez: Floating: Surfing and Signification – Michael D. Giardina: Bending it like Beckham in the Global Popular: Stylish Hybridity, Performativity, and the Politics of Representation – Grant Farred: The Double Temporality of Lagaan: Cultural Struggle and Postcolonialism – C. Keith Harrison: From Boyz (N the Hood) to Men: Cultural Perceptions of AfricanAmerican «Ballers» and «Scholar Ballers» in Higher Education – Jared Sexton: The Field of Fantasy and the Court of Appeal: On Friday Night Lights and Coach Carter – C. Richard King: Vanishing Points: Reframing Indianness in Recent Sport Documentaries – Kyle W. Kusz: Dogtown and Z-Boys: White Particularity and the New, New Cultural Racism – David J. Leonard: «Is This Heaven?» White Sporting Masculinities and the Hollywood Imagination – Dave Zirin: Crass Slipper Fits Cinderella Man – Holly Kruse: Media, Marketing, and Memory: Sport Promotion and Seabiscuit – C. Richard King/David J. Leonard: Epilogue: Why Sports Films Matter; Or, Refusing a Happy Ending – David J. Leonard/C. Richard King: Appendix. Teaching Sport Film: Pedagogic Resources.